The Energy will have their hands full tonight, as OKC travels to Ft. Worth, Texas for a bout with MLS club FC Dallas in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As it stands, The Energy are on seven game winning streak, and currently the best team in the USL, a lower division league that serves mostly as a developmental and supplemental league to Major League Soccer. Still, OKC is nothing to scoff at coming into tonight’s match.
FC Dallas is off to one of their best starts in years, continuing off of the success they had last season. FC Dallas currently sits in the top half of the MLS’s Western Conference and looks to make a playoff bid, while making up ground to the likes of Sporting KC, Seattle, and the Galaxy, who will lose many of their key players to international duty with the upcoming Gold Cup in July.
A victory in the U.S. Open cup doesn’t help them much there, but it does help them gain momentum. FC Dallas prides themselves on the Open Cup, and will trot out a solid starting 11 in order to advance, and not garner the negative attention of being one of the unfortunate teams who lost to a lower division club.
They will have their work cut out for them though. Oklahoma City has recorded five consecutive shutouts, and also has one of the best, if not the best striking tandem in the USL, with top prospects Kyle Greig, and Danni König, who might have an opportunity to move up with Sporting KC in July, should Kansas City make Oklahoma City an offer they cannot refuse.
The Energy already have a win against an MLS club this year, but came in preseason play against the New York Red Bulls. OKC and FC Dallas take the pitch at 8:00 P.M. Central time.